Tuesday, November 30, 2021

A SMALL-TOWN CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE by Susanne Dietze, Reviewed by Paula and Winnie #ReleaseDay

Susanne Dietze is a pro at writing charming and delightful small-town stories, and this one set in fictional Widow’s Peak Creek quickly got me into the Christmas holiday spirit. With realistically flawed and endearing characters that I was able to engage with and a wonderful inspirational message about letting God prevail in our lives, this story is easy to read and enjoy in an evening. Pastor Benton Hunt and nurse Leah Dean agree that they can’t get involved with each other, but when they’re thrown together to create a Gingerbread Gala at the house their friend Rowena has willed them, sparks begin.

This book is part of Dietze’s Widow's Peak Creek series, but it can easily be read alone. It was fun to see some of the previous characters in the series pop up in this book. I recommend this book to those who enjoy warm and fuzzy, clean and wholesome Christmas stories.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

It was lovely to return to Widow’s Peak Creek at Christmas time for a story about Leah and Benton who are given joint ownership of an old Victorian house and must plan and execute a gala event there. The Gingerbread Gala has been a high point of the holiday celebration in the town but was suspended when the homeowner went into a retirement home. Leah and Benton have been tasked with resurrecting the tradition. As they repair and spruce up the house and plan the gala, they grow closer.

Leah, a nurse and Benton, a pastor, have their share of obstacles. Leah needs a solution to the care of her grandmother and Benton is trying to serve his parishioners while also trying to live down past memories. Could the solutions come as they work to give the town a memorable Christmas? And could romance bloom in this cute Christmas tale?

Well plotted with relatable characters that you care about. A solid faith foundation that shows us that caring for family can be rewarding and reconciliation is important. A perfect Christmas message.
*I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
5 stars and a solid faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
Will reviving an old tradition be the start of something new?

When she inherits a beautiful historic house, nurse Leah Dean knows selling it could solve all her problems. But there’s just one catch—she and co-owner Pastor Benton Hunt must cohost the Gingerbread Gala in the home first. As Christmas approaches, Leah and Benton grow closer, and parting with the house—and each other—is not as easy as they thought…

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.
Widow's Peak Creek
Book 1: A Future for His Twins
Book 2: Seeking Sanctuary
Book 3: A Small-Town Christmas Challenge, November, 2021

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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's an award-winning, RWA RITA®-nominated author who's seen her work on the ECPA, Amazon, and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama. To learn more, visit her website, www.susannedietze.com, and sign up for her newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bRldfv

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the reviews, ladies! I am truly grateful for your efforts, and so happy you enjoyed the story!


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